It’s like the ballet. Nobody goes for the story, really. It’s the choreography and the performance. Perhaps that’s why I didn’t mind “Fast & Furious 6” so much.
Vin Diesel is back as street racer and gang leader Dominic Toretto. He and his crew are officially retired in paradise (or wherever there are no extradition laws), but come together when they learn that a friend, Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) is alive. Toretto’s former love was thought to have been killed by a baddie in one of the previous installments. Now, she’s apparently running with another criminal mastermind (Luke Evans).
Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) from Fast 5 is the guy who gives Dominic the lowdown and promises he will dole out pardons if they help him defeat Owen Shaw’s (Evan’s) gang and its attempt to steal some nonsensical NATO device. Like I said, it’s the not the story.
So, what did I like about Furious 6? It’s not the characters so much as it is the stunts. Mixed Martial Arts star Gina Carano joins the cast as Hobbs butt-kicking assistant. She ups the fight scenes to a new level.
And, there’s the spectacular car races, including one, this time, through London’s Piccadilly Circus. Amazing! Central London is so congested this would never happen in real life. But, in the world of movies, anything is possible and this bit of stunt driving was impressive.
Plenty of the action in Fast 6 is CGI, but so much of it is also real. Many times you can’t tell the difference. The driving is real. When a giant tank becomes involved, it actually smashed over 200 cars. That wasn’t CGI. Impressive.
So, if big-budget action is what you like from a summer movie, “Fast & Furious” is the ticket. Don’t go for the story. Go for the stunts. And, stay past the credits for a key scene that sets up Fast 7. Oh, yes. It’s coming. Grade: B